President Joe Biden’s symptoms of COVID-19 have “improved,” according to a letter the White House released mid-morning Friday from the president’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor.
O’Connor said Biden had completed his first full day of taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid after testing positive for both antigen and PCR for COVID-19 on Thursday morning.
“He had a temperature of 99.4 degrees last night, which responded favorably to acetaminophen (TYLENOL),” the letter said.
O’Connor said Biden’s symptoms continue to include a runny nose, fatigue — and now a “loose” cough.
– His voice is deeper this morning. His heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation remain completely normal on air,” the doctor added.
The White House doctor said Biden will continue Paxlovid, which will be supplemented with oral hydration, acetaminophen and an albuterol inhaler used by asthmatics.
Before the doctor’s letter was released, the White House released another photo of Biden working from the residence — this time wearing a mask.
The image shows the president signing the Formula Act, a bill that temporarily lifts tariffs on imported infant formula, on Thursday.
The White House released a new photo of President Joe Biden on Friday morning as he works at the residence after testing positive for COVID-19. In a new image, Biden, wearing a mask, signs the FORMULA act sometime on Thursday
President Joe Biden’s symptoms of COVID-19 have “improved,” according to a letter the White House released mid-morning Friday from the president’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, to press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre.
On Friday, the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping contacted Biden to wish him a “speedy recovery,” China’s state broadcaster CCTV said.
“I would like to express my deepest condolences and wish you a speedy recovery,” Xi Jinping said. AFP reports.
On Wednesday, Biden said he planned to speak with the Chinese leader within the next 10 days, but did not say whether he had decided whether to keep or reverse the Trump-era Chinese tariffs.
Xi’s message was the first contact between the two leaders in four months as relations have soured over Taiwan, Ukraine and other issues.
Biden and Xi, who have known each other for decades, had a video call on March 18, during which Biden warned Xi not to help Russia invade Ukraine.
Earlier this week, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijiang lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who plans to visit Taiwan next month.
Pelosi’s visit “will seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously affect the foundation of Sino-US relations, and send a seriously wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces,” Zhao said.
“If the US insists on taking the wrong path, China will take decisive and decisive action to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesman added.
COVID-19 originated in China, and Biden initially pushed US intelligence agencies to investigate the origins of the pandemic, but those efforts appeared to have stalled.
Chinese state media said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday appealed to Biden for a “speedy recovery” after the US president was diagnosed with COVID
White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha (R) made the rounds of the morning shows Friday, saying on CNN that Biden is “doing great” and “the symptoms are basically the same
On Friday morning, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, made the rounds on the morning shows, saying he last spoke with Biden’s medical team around 10 p.m. Thursday.
He told CNN that Biden is “doing great” and his “symptoms are basically the same.”
On ABC’s Good Morning America, Jha pushed back that Biden’s age could make fighting the virus more problematic.
“He’s as well protected from this virus as it can be,” Jha replied, pointing to four shots of the COVID vaccine the president has had, in addition to a prescription for the antiviral drug Paxlovid.
JSA will be at the White House briefing again on Friday afternoon.
The White House has so far resisted exposing O’Connor to the press.